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::Devotional:: ‘Rebuilding Your Relationship With The Lord – Part 1’

March 8, 2010

Any relationship worth having is a relationship worth working on.  If you don’t care enough to maintain it, it’s probably not that important to you.  All relationships require work, even our relationship with the Lord.  Sometimes that work has to come in the form of rebuilding the relationship because something has caused a breakdown to occur between the Lord and us. Ten times out of ten the cause of the breakdown originates on our end of the relationship, and ten times out of ten the cause is sin.  Don’t be discouraged though, because there is hope on the other end of the relationship.  Rebuilding your relationship with the Lord may seem impossible, but the Lord himself has promised that with Him – nothing is impossible.

Rebuilding your relationship will not happen overnight.  Just like the breakdown of the relationship didn’t happen overnight.  It is important to have patience and perseverance for the process.  Over the next several blog posts I hope to share the truth of God’s word in a way that will serve as encouragement and guidance for the rebuilding process.

Where do I start?

In the Old Testament, the scriptures record the rebuilding of Jerusalem after it had been destroyed by the Babylonians.  The rebuilding occurred in three phases, the first of which was the rebuilding of the altar and temple of worship.  This phase of rebuilding was led by Zerubbabel and the account is recorded in Ezra, chapters 1-6.  Before any other rebuilding would occur, it was important for the people to re-establish their commitment to the Lord.  That’s where rebuilding your relationship with the Lord should start too; re-establishing your commitment.

Whatever has happened in the past to get you to this point of a broken relationship with the Lord is in the past.  You can’t go back and change it and the Lord is calling for your attention here and now.  We’ll get to the point where it will be dealt with.   However, the question you have to ask yourself in this moment in time is – do I truly love the Lord?  If you’ve read this far in the devotion and the title struck a chord within you, then I’d say the answer is a resounding yes!  It is possible that although you do love the Lord, you don’t quite feel as passionate about that love as you once did.  In other words, that once vibrant flame is now down to a very low flicker and needs to be rekindled.

How do I rekindle my love for the Lord?

This is the part of the rebuilding where you are going to get some help from the other end.  Remember king David?  The Bible describes him as a man after God’s own heart.  Do you remember David’s sin with Bathsheba?  That was the major cause of a breakdown in his relationship with the Lord.  Praise God that relationship didn’t stay broken.  In fact, the Lord saw fit to include part of David’s prayer journal during the time the relationship was being rebuilt in the Bible for us to reference in our lives as well.  Psalm 51 is the entry I’m referring to.

Rekindling your love for the Lord must start by admitting to your own sin and asking the Lord to forgive you.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  Psalm 51:1-2

This is not a time for estimates and approximations about your sins.  Just like David, you are aware of things in your life that are not in line with the holiness and righteousness of the Lord.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.  Psalm 51:3-4

Remember, the rebuilding process will not happen overnight.  However, the Lord is committed to the project and if you are as well, the rebuilding will be accomplished.  Take time today to take the first step.  Rekindle the flame of your love for the Lord by confessing your sins and asking for his forgiveness.  God made the promise that if we will confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9)

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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